Susan Magdalene is an aching poem by Valerie Thornton about Susan BoyleÂ and wider issues of bullying. Real tenderness with a big bloody dash of anger:Â I wish that I could sing /Â like you, into the heart /Â of every wounded child.
Similarly, Janet Paisley delves beautifully into the essence of Emeli SandÃ© in Voice:Â There are rhythms in rain, of storms, /Â grace in green notes, a flowering.Â
Both these poems continue theÂ journey of Scotia Extremis across the great divides of Scotland. They moveÂ towards a deeper understanding of all of us with our differences and our intricacies. Excellent stuff. More to come.